Oral Roberts (11-6, 3-0 Summit League) vs. Nebraska (11-8, 0-0 Big Ten)
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (J.L. Johnson Stadium)
Game One: Tuesday, Mar. 20 – 6:30 p.m.
Game Two: Wednesday, Mar. 21 – 1 p.m.
Game Links: Tuesday Video (ESPN3) | Wednesday Video | Audio | Live Stats
TULSA, Okla. – Following its three-game sweep over the weekend, the Oral Roberts baseball team gets set to host Nebraska for a pair of mid-week games at J.L. Johnson Stadium March 20-21. The action opens Tuesday night with free coverage on ESPN3 at 6:30 p.m. and continues Wednesday with a matinee at 1 p.m. on the ORU Sports Network.
THE STORYLINE: The Golden Eagles found their bats while picking up a weekend sweep of South Dakota State to open Summit League play. ORU improved to 10-3 at home and ends its spring break homestand with two against the Huskers. Nebraska makes its first trip to Tulsa since 1996 and comes into the mid-week series after going 5-3 during an extended non-conference homestand.
FACING THE HUSKERS: ORU and Nebraska have not met on the diamond since the 2008 NCAA Regional in Lincoln, Nebraska, which the Golden Eagles won 8-0. ORU holds a 20-14 record in the all-time series dating back to 1972, but these are the first regular season matchups since 1996.
FINDING ITS BATS: ORU entered its weekend set with SDSU having scored just 46 runs in the previous 14 games. The Golden Eagles racked up 34 runs on 35 hits, including six home runs, in three games with the Jackrabbits. Ten players recorded at least one hit as ORU registered a .327 batting average in the series.
RETURNING TO FORM: The key cogs in the Golden Eagles' offense have started to find rhythm at the top of the lineup. The top four spots each hit .417 or better with at least five hits and three runs scored in the first Summit League series. Nick Roark led the charge as he scored seven runs, hit .500 and tallied a .625 on-base percentage, while Noah Cummings added nine RBI.
POWER FIVE TILTS: Coach Folmar and the Golden Eagles have not shied away from playing the NCAA's top conferences. Over the last three seasons, ORU has posted a 22-14 mark against the Power Five, going 14-6 when facing a team from the Big 12. ORU is 26-25 against teams in Power Five conferences during his tenure, including a 12-3 mark in home games.
SUMMIT HONORS: ORU swept The Summit League weekly honors for the second time in 2018 as Riley Keizor and Kyler Stout were named Player and Pitcher of the week, respectively. Keizor hit .476 (7-for-15) with two RBI, a double and a run scored, while Stout picked up a save and win in relief totaling six strikeouts in 3.1 innings.
SWEEP THE SUMMIT: Sophomore Spencer Henson and senior Justin McGregor were named Summit League Player and Pitcher of the Week following a sweep of Utah opening weekend. Henson hit .556 with four RBI to lead the offense, while McGregor struck out six in five innings of a scoreless start moving to 10-0 in his ORU career.
NATIONAL PRESEASON HONORS: Miguel Ausua, the reigning Summit League Pitcher of the Year, was named to the NCBWA Preseason All-American First Team as he returns from a 2017 campaign where he ranked third in the nation with 11 wins. Noah Cummings, last year's Summit League Player of the Year, landed on the second team following a 70-RBI season as a junior.
HOME COOKING: The 2018 schedule is front loaded with home games as ORU played its first 10 games at J.L. Johnson Stadium between Feb. 16 and Mar. 7. With Coach Folmar at the helm, the Golden Eagles have tallied a 107-48 (.684) record in home games and won 20 or more in each of the last three seasons.
TOUGH SLATE: ORU has another challenging schedule in 2018 facing four teams that advanced to a NCAA Regional totaling 10 of its 55 games. The slate also features matchups with three Power Five conferences; Pac 12, Big 12 and Big 10.
ESPN'S TOP PLAYS: In a span of two months last season, ORU recorded three, top 10 plays on ESPN's Sportscenter, more than any other collegiate baseball team in America. Nick Roark (2/28), Cal Hernandez (3/21) and Noah Cummings (4/18) all represented the Golden Eagles on the nationally-televised segment showcasing superb defense.
STREAK CONTINUES: The Golden Eagles won their 17th-straight regular season title in The Summit League in 2017. ORU went on to win three-consecutive games in the conference tournament, highlighted by Ausua's complete-game shutout in the championship to secure its 18th title in a row.
CLEAN SWEEP: The Golden Eagles cleaned up in the 2017 Summit League postseason awards winning all four major honors with Noah Cummings (Player of the Year), Miguel Ausua (Pitcher of the Year), Dylan Snypes (Newcomer of the Year) and Ryan Folmar (Coach of the Year). ORU also had a program-record 10 first-team all-league selections and three second-team all-league honorees.
TOP THE SUMMIT: After earning The Summit League's automatic bid, ORU made its 27th all-time appearance in the NCAA Regionals. The Golden Eagles eliminated Oklahoma State in game two giving Coach Folmar his first-career NCAA victory, before falling to host Arkansas.
SEE US NATIONALLY: Nine ORU baseball home games will be available nationally on ESPN3. Scott Higgins will have the live play-by-play call, while former OU pitcher George Frazier and ORU catcher Erik Hansen will provide color commentary and sideline reporting from J.L. Johnson Stadium. Select other games also will be available via regional broadcasts on Fox Sports and ESPN3.
HOSTING THE BEST: The top four teams in The Summit League's regular season standings will qualify for the 2018 Summit League Baseball Championship hosted in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the third-straight season. ORU will host the double-elimination event at J.L. Johnson Stadium May 23-26.
STAYING CONNECTED: Follow the Golden Eagles all season long across social media platforms and two mobile apps (ORU Golden Eagles Live and ORU Front Row) available on Google Play and the App State. Use the hashtag #ORUBase to stay connected with fans across the nation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
WHERE TO CATCH US: Listen live to every ORU baseball game in 2018 with Adam Hildebrandt on the ORU Sports Network. All 30 home games also will feature free video and stats with links at www.ORUAthletics.com.
For the latest information on ORU Baseball, follow the Golden Eagles on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or go to www.ORUAthletics.com. Fans can also receive updates on the team by downloading two mobile apps, ORU Golden Eagles Live and ORU Front Row, available on the App Store and Google Play.